3 out of 4 stars
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So You’re Not Supermom… It’s OK by JN Supermom is a collection of short, crude rants on the reality of raising children. It is written by a blatantly honest and experienced mother of seven who has been through it all - the vomiting, the messes, the fights, and more. Though she has the mouth of a sailor and there are curse words in nearly every sentence, Supermom is here to bring you advice as you navigate the harsh waters of parenthood, from date nights to play dates as well as balancing careers with kids to not feeling ashamed when things go wrong.
As a young woman with no kids, I enjoyed this book from start to finish. While it is intended for mothers, I related somewhat as an aunt and someone who works with kids. It is not professionally written by any means, but I think that is what makes the content of this book all the more relatable. After all, it is told from the perspective of a mother unafraid to share her harsh opinions and the real, raw, and vulgar moments of being a mom. Therefore, the moral that I took from So You’re Not Supermom… It’s OK is to not take things so seriously - in life, in motherhood, in anything. Just go with the flow and ride out the wave, even when things seem too tough to handle. Even though I’m not a mom yet, I was still able to take valuable inspiration and tips for the present and the future.
My favourite thing about this book was the way that the author really glorified normalcy over the fake “ideal life” that they show on TV and social media. She was brave enough to share some of the most personal parts of her parenthood, which I think brings a sense of comfort to the reader in that they are not alone in their struggles and imperfections. It was also fun to get an insight into the real day-to-day life of a mom and not get the shaved-off and polished version that we are used to seeing. Motherhood is not all sunshine and rainbows, but as this book implies, coming together and sharing experiences instead of tearing each other down can make a huge difference.
On the other hand, the only things I think could have been improved were the formatting and the errors in spelling, grammar, and punctuation. The book is written with nearly every sentence on its own line and an exclamation point to end most of them. Still, while a bit bothersome, I believe this style was what the author intended as a way to emphasize her “preachy” tone. As for the errors, these were very minor and did not distract from the premise of the book, therefore I was able to quickly look past it and continue.
If you’re offended by foul language and harsh reality, then this book is not for you. However, if you don’t mind that, and you’re tired of show-off Supermoms in the PTA and feeling inadequate in motherhood compared to them, then you will love the confidence boost that this book gives you. This book was made for moms who feel like they aren’t good enough, to tell them that it’s okay to not have everything come easy or in order, as long as you are doing your best and keeping the kids fed and healthy.
Overall, I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. It was entertaining, funny, and relatable to every struggling mom out there. Although there are minor spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors, I do believe it has promise. Of course, I would recommend this book to moms who need a little pick-me-up and a good laugh after chasing the kids all day long, as this is what the book is meant to do.
So You're Not Supermom....It's OK!
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